1. Pittsburgh Pirates: Predicting the Month of August

    After correctly predicting that the Pirates would end July with a 17-9 record to put them at 59-44, I am going to attempt to predict the record for the Bucs during the dog days ...

    Allan Smith Written by Allan Smith about almost 2 years ago 1,693 reads 0 comments

  2. Pittsburgh Pirates: Analyzing the Contributors Who Came Out of Nowhere

    The 2012 Pirates have relied on first-round picks such as Andrew McCutchen, Neil Walker and Pedro Alvarez to carry the offense...

    Allan Smith Written by Allan Smith about almost 2 years ago 765 reads 1 comments

  3. Pittsburgh Pirates: Ranking the Top 10 Pirates of the 21st Century

    2012 has provided the Pirates and their fans with entertaining baseball and a legitimate shot at a postseason birth for the first time since 1992...

    Allan Smith Written by Allan Smith about almost 2 years ago 416 reads 4 comments

  4. Alexander Semin vs. Shane Doan: Which Winger Should the Pens Sign?

    The debate amongst Pens fans over the last week has been over which of the two top wingers remaining on the free-agent market, Alexander Semin and Shane Doan , should the Pens add to their roster...

    Allan Smith Written by Allan Smith about almost 2 years ago 4,887 reads 35 comments

  5. Alexander Semin: Pros and Cons of Pittsburgh Penguins Signing the Russian Star

    Alexander Semin has been public enemy No. 2 amongst Washington Capitals here in Pittsburgh since the Penguins and Capitals rivalry was renewed after the lockout...

    Allan Smith Written by Allan Smith about almost 2 years ago 127 reads 19 comments

  6. Pittsburgh Pirates: Power Ranking the Pirates' Teams Since the Sid Bream Curse

    Since Sid Bream slid safely across home plate on that fateful October night in 1992, the Pirates have given the city of Pittsburgh a plethora of horrible teams to watch between the end of the Penguins season and the beginning of the Steelers schedule...

    Allan Smith Written by Allan Smith about 2 years ago 1,708 reads 2 comments

  7. Pittsburgh Pirates: Why the Team May Not Have to Upgrade the Offense

    Until recently, the clamoring for a power bat to be brought in could be heard from rooftops across town. After scoring at a pace the city hasn't seen in what seems like centuries, ...

    Allan Smith Written by Allan Smith about 2 years ago 840 reads 0 comments

  8. Drew Sutton: The Emergence of the Pittsburgh Pirates' Do-It-All Utility Man

    The date was August 21, 2009. The Cincinnati Reds were visiting the Pittsburgh Pirates on the weekend of the 30th anniversary of the 1979 World Series Champion Pirates...

    Allan Smith Written by Allan Smith about 2 years ago 1,077 reads 2 comments

  9. Pittsburgh Pirates: Predicting the Remainder of July

    After a loss to the Cardinals on the first day of July, the Bucs sit at 42-36, six games over .500 and are in both the division and wild card races. July brings the easiest schedule the Pirates have had so far, facing sub-...

    Allan Smith Written by Allan Smith about 2 years ago 1,173 reads 3 comments

  10. 2012 NHL Free Agents: Pittsburgh Penguins' Ideal Targets

    According to capgeek.com , the Pens are nearly $11.2 million under the salary cap after dealing away Jordan Staal and Zbynek Michalek. The Pens could free up even more room if they could find a taker for Paul Martin's $5 million cap hit...

    Allan Smith Written by Allan Smith about 2 years ago 92 reads 1 comments

  11. Pittsburgh Pirates: 9 Outside-the-Box Trade Ideas for the Pirates

    Even though the Pirates' offense is 29th in runs scored, batting average and OPS while ranking dead last in OBP, the Bucs are just two and a half games behind the first place Reds ...

    Allan Smith Written by Allan Smith about 2 years ago 1,830 reads 6 comments

  12. Pittsburgh Pirates: How Andrew McCutchen Compares to Other NL MVP Candidates

    2012 has been filled with interesting storylines for the Pittsburgh Pirates . There has been the emergence of James McDonald, the resurgence of A.J. Burnett and the power display of Pedro Alvarez...

    Allan Smith Written by Allan Smith about 2 years ago 2,610 reads 1 comments

  13. Jordan Staal's Top Moments with the Pittsburgh Penguins

    The NHL 's version of the big three is no more. Crosby, Malkin and Staal have officially been broken up. The Penguins traded Jordan Staal tonight to the Carolina Hurricanes for center Brandon Sutter, defensman Brian Dumoulin and the No...

    Allan Smith Written by Allan Smith about 2 years ago 289 reads 0 comments

  14. Ranking All 30 MLB Bullpens

    2012 has been an interesting year in terms of relief pitching. Top closers such as Joakim Soria, Andrew Bailey, Brian Wilson and Mariano Rivera have all been lost for major chunks, or the season as a whole...

    Allan Smith Written by Allan Smith about 2 years ago 1,075 reads 0 comments

  15. Pittsburgh Pirates: Why This Year's Team Will Keep Winning

    The 2011 Pirates stunned the world for the first half of last season, rising from relative obscurity to be in first place in July, only to fall to 72-90 by season's end, finishing a distant fourth in the NL Central...

    Allan Smith Written by Allan Smith about 2 years ago 1,675 reads 0 comments

  16. Pittsburgh Pirates: Breaking Down the Bucs' Successful Start to 2012 Season

    In spite of owning the worst run-scoring offense in baseball, the Pirates have emerged as a serious contender, sporting one of the best team ERAs in baseball and a 34-31 record, good for second place in the NL Central...

    Allan Smith Written by Allan Smith about 2 years ago 1,284 reads 4 comments